Strangely enough, this was actually the first book in the series that I read. I somehow hadn’t realized that the books were actually chronological rather than just thematically-related, and so I didn’t notice that it mattered. It was only after I read this book that I went back to the beginning of the series and started from there.
Probably the highlights of this book were the intrigue between La Valliere and the King and the one involving Aramis and the Bastille. It’s really still just a setup for the final events to come, but it was still far better and more interesting than The Vicomte de Bragelonne was. At least things were happening, and not just threatening to happen!
This is probably the most boring installment of the series, and it took me forever to read it. There are several plot arcs that are set up in this volume that come up again in more detail later. I know they’re necessary, but they still weren’t very interesting to me.
Basically, I didn’t like this book almost at all.